The Sundance Institute announced today the addition of three world premieres which will screen out of competition at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival:
- It’s a Wonderful Afterlife: Bend it Like Beckham director Gurinder Chadha and co-screenwriter Paul Mayeda Berges return to Sundance with a comedy centered on an Indian mother who discovers that finding the perfect son-in-law can be murder. Staring Shabana Azmi, Goldy Notay, Sendhil Ramamurthy, and Sally Hawkins.
- The Kids are Alright: Laurel Canyon director Lisa Cholodenko returns to Sundance with a soty of two children conceived by artificial insemination who bring their birth father into their family life. Written by Stuart Blumberg and Lisa Cholodenko, and starring Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, Josh Hutcherson, Mark Ruffalo, and Annette Bening. Cholodenko received the 1998 Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at Sundance for High Art.
- The Romantics: Director and screenwriter Galt Niederhoffer returns to Sundance with an adaptation of her novel, The Romantics, a zeitgeist love story and generational comedy, takes place over the course of one night at a deluxe seaside wedding. The cast includes Katie Holmes, Josh Duhamel, Anna Paquin, Adam Brody, Malin Ackerman, Elijah Wood, Candice Bergen, Jeremy Strong, and Dianna Agron. Niederhoffer received the 2007 Sundance Audience Award for producing Grace is Gone. She also produced the Sundance Film Festival films Lonesome Jim, Dedication, Diminished Capacity, Birds of America, and Hurricane.
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American Splendor directors Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini return to Sundance with The Extra Man, a comedy which will screen in the Premieres section. Based on a novel by Jonathan Ames (Bored to Death), the film tells the story of a down-and-out playwright who escorts wealthy widows in Manhattan’s Upper East Side takes a young aspiring writer under his wing. The cast includes Kevin Kline, Paul Dano, John C. Reilly, and Katie Holmes. After the jump we have photos, a poster, and a very extended plot synopsis from this upcoming film.
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Here are your casting notes for the morning before Page 2 hits. Katie Holmes is on an upswing and Morgan Freeman gets into comedy. I’d love to see him do a lot more comedy, so long as it’s not along the lines of Bruce Almighty, and hopefully this new R-rated project would do the trick. Read More »
“When he pours, he reigns.” In another sign that New York City is losing its edge, prominent stage producer, Marty Richards (Chicago), is bringing the straight-laced yet tutti-frutti Tom Cruise vehicle, Cocktail, to Broadway. *Attempting to hold back a smirk* Richards is teaming up with the film’s screenwriter Heywood Gould—who actually adapted the flick from his book Cocktail, see below—to create a musical based on the story of a young man thriving in the world of “flair bartending” who vacates NYC for a gig (and two romantic female flings) in Jamaica. So, who would play Elisabeth Shue‘s heartbroken, humble, and secretly rich cutiepie who is left preggo after a one-night stand with Cruise…mon? Gould tells the NYP: “Marty Richards is on board and he’s working on the score. It’s far too early to talk about casting. We haven’t approached anybody yet. But I do like Katie Holmes.” Get out. Tons of tourist-friendly jams to consider after the jump…
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Guy Pearce has joined the Miramax remake of the classic 1973 television movie Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, scripted by Guillermo del Toro and directed by Troy Nixey. Bailee Madison has also signed on to play his daughter. They’ll be joining Katie Holmes, who was cast a couple of months ago. Read More »
Here is a round up of stories that just didn’t make the /Film front page, or what we like to call…. Page 2!
A new Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull poster has shown up on pipocacombo.
Patrick Swayze will be asked back to reprise the role of ‘Bodhi’ in the recently announced Point Break 2. [Moviehole]
Three new American character banners for Hellboy II: The Golden Party have appeared online. [Empire]
Katie Holmes will make her Broadway debut in Arthur Miller’s play, All My Sons. [justjared]
LOST star Matthew Fox has been sworn to secrecy as he’s the only castmember who knows how the series will end. [CinemaBlend]
Shock has a first look at photos from Dario Argento‘s latest horror-thriller Giallo starring Adrien Brody and Emmanuelle Seigner.
Comic book legend Stan Lee enters anime and manga market with new superhero stories written for Japanese audience. [japantimes]
The Boston Globe is reporting that film score composer John Williams is working on “soundtracks for “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” “Jurassic Park IV,” and “Superman: Man of Steel” all scheduled for his touch.”
JoBlo has a photo of the Transporter 3 billboard at Cannes.
Steve Buscemi, Ray Liotta, Jean Smart and M. Emmet Walsh have joined Michael Cera in “Youth in Revolt,” the Miguel Arteta-directed comedy for Dimension Films. [Variety]
PocketGamer.co.uk boasts the first shots of the upcoming mobile edition of the WALL-E video game.
Rejects counts down the Ten Most Memorable Indiana Jones Moments.
Danny Dyer and Mischa Barton are set to star in a deranged spin on Alice in Wonderland entitled Malice in Wonderland. [shock]
Phoenix Pictures has picked up the movie rights to John Grisham‘s best-selling novel Playing for Pizza, about a washed-up NFL quarterback who finds a new perspective on life and a love for all things Italian when his agent lands him a deal to play with a semi-professional team in Parma, Italy. [THR]
Watch 5 minutes of footage from the Ghostbusters video game on Kotaku.
Someone is selling the truck from Star Trek IV for $5,595. [trekmovie]
A reader sent over a NSFW photoshop of the WALL-E poster. Click here to see it.
Cinematical takes a look back at the Foreign movie posters of Indiana Jones.
The Weinstein Company will produce Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist in a big-budget adaptation directed by Hollywood star Laurence Fishburne. [reuters]
Guillermo del Toro was forced to drop a three-headed dog from Hellboy II: The Golden Army. The photo above shows the concept. [io9]
YouTube has a a new behind the scenes promo for Heroes: Season 3.
Indiana Jones is now on Twitter.
Casting is in full effect on the Justice League movie, and while no names are yet attached, we are getting a better idea of the actors who are trying out for the roles. And everyone seems to want to know what actress will be playing Wonder Woman. Let’s take a look at the new hopefuls:
Australian actress Victoria Hill (December Boys) supposedly did a screen test audition in September.
MTV reports that 26-year-old singer/actrsss Christina Milian wants the role. Although, I’m sure her ethnicity might prevent her from winning the role of the Amazon. Wonder Woman is also known for her curvaceous long legs. The modern day character is 6â€²3â€³ while the older version was much shorter (5â€²11â€³ was “amazonian” height for a woman in the 1960′s). Millian stands at a very short 5′ 2”.
Cinematical has learned that Shannyn Sossamon (A Knight’s Tale, One Missed Call) has auditioned for the role, after blowing away the Mulroneys in a Princess Di casting session. Sossamon is 29-years old and 5′ 9”, a little closer in height, but still much shorter than the traditional character.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Final Destination 3, Live Free or Die Hard) and Teresa Palmer (December Boys) both auditioned for Miller earlier this week during the marathon casting sessions in Hollywood. Age 21 years of age, Palmer is the youngest of the bunch. Her publicity materials list her as 5′ 5Â¾”. Winstead stands 5′ 8” and is also young (22 years old).
The Past: Both Jessica Biel and Katie Holmes have been rumored, but are no longer in contention for the role.
Apparently they are looking for an actress aged 21-29, and anywhere from 5′ 2” to 5′ 9” in height. So chances are that we’ll be getting a younger/shorter Wonder Woman.So who would you cast as Wonder Woman?
Oh No. I can hear the collective sigh of fanboys from around the world as I type the following bit of news: Katie Holmes is in talks to star in a big screen adaptation of Wonder Woman.
In the past I’ve been very fair to Tom and Katie (unlike most of this country), and I even think Holmes is a good actress. BUT, yes there is a BUT – isn’t Katie just a little too small for the role? The superhero is probably best known for her curvaceous long legs, but Katie is only 5’9” and that’s according to her publicity materials (read: probably shorter). I did a google search to find out exactly how tall Wonder Woman is, and the consensus seems to be that the modern day character is 6’3″while the older version was much shorter (5’11″ was “amazonian” height for a woman in the 1960′s). Plus, let’s be honest, with the Tom Cruise backlash, she just doesn’t have the star/name value to carry a superhero movie.
The good news is that the movie is only in the discussion state. I honestly don’t see the appeal of a Wonder Woman movie at all. Sure, you’ll have a good looking woman kicking ass and taking names in small tight latex/spandex. There is no way Hollywood will be able to put a woman in superhero gear flying an invisible plane on the big screen and make it remotely believable (even in the on screen fantasy world). And besides, how lame of a weapon is the Lasso of Truth? But that’s just my opinion.
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